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Rays: Rodriguez upbeat about turnaround

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $18-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotions: RHP Alex Cobb military bobblehead with ticket tandem purchase.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59)

Red sox: RH John Lackey (5-3, 4.01)

On Archer: Gave up just two hits in 52/3 scoreless innings in a win Friday in Anaheim, though he tied a career high with five walks. Is 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA in four career starts against the Red Sox.

On Lackey: Cming off a rough start against Detroit in which he allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 51/3 innings. Has quality starts in six of nine outings this season, including going eight innings and giving up two runs against the Rays on April 29.

Key matchups

Rays VS. LACKEY

Yunel Escobar 10-for-21

James Loney 7-for-22, HR

E. Longoria 11-for-36, 2 HRs

Red sox VS. archer

David Ortiz 3-for-8

Mike Napoli 1-for-8

Dustin Pedroia 1-for-10

On deck

Saturday: Red Sox, 4:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-4, 4.28); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"We don't necessarily start to dig a hole and say, 'All right, let's just bury ourselves.' We know eventually something is going to click."

INF Sean Rodriguez, on the Rays' resiliency

Did you know?

Wednesday night's game with the A's — 3 hours, 53 minutes — was the longest in major-league history in which one of the teams had one or no hits, the Elias Sports Bureau said.

Number of the day

21 2/3

Scoreless-innings streak for RHP Alex Cobb, third longest in club history

Rays: Rodriguez upbeat about turnaround 05/22/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:59pm]

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